The first sentence of a band’s biography typically includes the date or year it was formed. But for Brumby, a rising star in the Las Vegas music scene, it’s complicated. “We’re not really sure,” says frontman Oliver Tingey. His cousins, guitarist Tyler Tingey and bassist Spencer Tingey, make up the rest of the band along with drummer Dylan Self, their childhood friend.
“It was more of a natural progression,” Oliver continues. “The four of us grew up together and just happened to learn the right instruments. We were always playing together and at one point asked ourselves, ‘Are we in a band right now?’ We gave ourselves a name and went with it.”
The result is an on-stage chemistry as uncontrived as the band’s formation. “Brumby nearly brought the roof down with their rowdy performance, which clearly stood out from the others,” wrote Kolbie Stonehocker in City Weekly after watching the band win the 2014 Velour Battle of The Bands, former winners including Imagine Dragons and Neon Trees. “They launched into their set with energy that seemed to fill the air with electricity.”
Brumby has made considerable buzz in their hometown Las Vegas where residents named them the “best local band” twice in 2016. Most recently, Best of Las Vegas named Brumby the best band in town, only behind global superstars The Killers and Imagine Dragons. Their short yet impressive history includes sharing the stage with Imagine Dragons, performances with Young The Giant, and a #1 spot in Las Vegas Weekly’s 10 Acts to Hear This Year.
Brumby’s latest release is a stand alone single titled Leave a Light On, recorded at Battle Born Studios owned by Las Vegas legends The Killers. The song is characterized by synth-laden Americana vibes, anthemic choruses, and bright guitar melodies. “With tracks like this it won’t be long until the band are leaving the city lights far behind and are sharing their music with fans across the world,” writes James Fenny, editor of UK based Belwood Music.
In March 2014 Brumby released an extended play produced by indie artist Joshua James titled The Westwind Kid EP written mostly through letters and emails while the four bandmates temporarily lived in different countries. It was quickly assembled and recorded when they returned to the United States. The four tracks serve as a brief glimpse into Brumby’s signature sound – subtly, though undeniably, Western – a sound which has continued to develop and expand since the release.
Agency Wesley Tingey